April 16, 2014

Beware the Batman exclusive to Prime Instant Video



My Prime Instant Video Watchlist is brimming with DC Comics' acclaimed animated series: from Batman: The Animated Series to Young Justice.

Beware the Batman is the latest exclusive on the streaming service in the UK.

"This milestone deal signals an exciting time in the growth of our exclusive content offering," said Tim Leslie, Vice President of Amazon Instant Video EU. "We're passionate about investing in the very best shows for our customers of all ages, and this is a great new series for a range of generations to immerse themselves in."

Jeffrey R Schlesinger, President of Warner Bros Worldwide Television Distribution, added: "Bruce Wayne is a character with so many stories to tell, and we're excited to have brought this cutting-edge animated series to a service like Amazon Prime Instant Video. Allowing the Caped Crusader's fans to enjoy all episodes on-demand means new audiences can experience the action-packed world of Beware the Batman whenever they want, however they want."

April 15, 2014

The Beginning: Making Star Wars: Episode I



The making of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace is officially available online.

Anyone with a modicum of interest in media production will find this documentary insightful, and George Lucas' candour is refreshing.

If only Jar Jar Binks had been cut in pre-production...

April 14, 2014

Doctor Who and Sherlock on Prime Instant Video



Amazon has inked a deal with BBC Worldwide to add Doctor Who and Sherlock to its Prime Instant Video streaming service. Emphasising the company's continued investment in quality content for its members.

These award-winning drama series are already available on Netflix. However, more classic Doctor Who serials would be welcomed.

In other Amazon-related news. The online giant is buying ComiXology for an undisclosed amount. This could have far-reaching implications for the comic book industry.

Amazon Prime Instant costs £79 for a yearly subscription.

April 12, 2014

Bruce Timm's animated short Batman: Strange Days



A brand new short from producer Bruce Timm featuring a lost tale from Batman's past, the Dark Knight tracks a strange giant to the mysterious lair of Dr. Hugo Strange.



Bruce Timm's Batman: The Animated Series, inspired by Tim Burton's movies, is the quintessential incarnation of the Dark Knight and introduced fan favourite Harley Quinn.

April 11, 2014

Karen Gillan's hair in Star Wars: Episode VII



In an interview with Collider, Karen Gillan talks Oculus, Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars.

"They made my hair into the most incredible well-made wig and they gave it to the 'Star Wars' people," she said.

"It's just so funny to think that my hair is made into a wig, next to all these Star Wars monster heads in a warehouse. I thought that was really funny." But it was certainly no simple task to get rid of her flowing locks. "I was laughing hysterically," she said. "It really hit me when I woke up the next morning. That's when I was like, 'Oh, my god, where's my hair?!'

"But also, everyone kept me in good spirit. Everyone was laughing and telling jokes. Marvel are the best company to work for, they really are. They treat you really well."

The news isn't without controversy. Some Star Wars fans argue this is a spoiler pertaining to Expanded Universe character Mara Jade.

Talking spoilers. Keep a lookout for an upcoming co-authored blog post on the subject.

April 09, 2014

The Last of Us: Remastered listed for PS4



Sony accidently posted this banner art for The Last of Us: Remastered! It briefly appeared on the Sony Entertainment Network, but the pre-order link lead to a "Page not found" notice.

Purportedly the PS4 port will include the Left Behind expansion and all Season Pass DLC.

A Sony spokesperson told Polygon that "At no time have we announced that The Last of Us is coming to PS4 and therefore, have nothing to say on the subject." The award-winning title was a PS3 exclusive released last year.

Update
Sony's confirmed the release of the much-anticipated game this summer!

The PS4 edition will feature increased graphical fidelity and in-game cinematic commentary from actors Troy Baker (Joel) and BAFTA-winner Ashley Johnson (Ellie).

Creative director Neil Druckmann took to Twitter to add that Naughty Dog is targeting the holy grail of 60fps for the game.

I rarely double-dip, but this is a day-one purchase. You can pre-order today.



A movie adaptation has been green-lit by Screen Gems, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Who would you like to see play Joel and Ellie on the big screen?

April 08, 2014

Peter Mayhew returns as Chewbacca in Star Wars



The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively revealed Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) will be joining R2-D2 in Episode VII!

Rumours suggest the new Star Wars movie has already begun shooting. However, no further cast announcements have been made.

Perhaps JJ Abrams is going to wait until May the Fourth to confirm the rest of the returning cast members from the original trilogy?

April 07, 2014

Sans Sky? Here's how to watch Game of Thrones S4



There's no reason for Game of Thrones fans to miss the S4 premiere Two Swords on Sky Atlantic!

With NOW TV's Entertainment Month Pass you can watch 10 channels including Sky One, Sky Atlantic and FOX for £4.99 per month (introductory price). Find out more at nowtv.com.

Sky's streaming service is available across multiple devices including PS3, Xbox 360 and NOW TV Box, which I reviewed here. Incidentally, the NOW TV Box may be receiving a 1080p firmware update in the near future.

There's no contract. What's not to like? Unleash those dragons, Daenerys!

April 04, 2014

The Big Bang Theory celebrates Star Wars Day!



Star Wars references are nothing new to hit comedy series The Big Bang Theory. However, this is something special. Sheldon and friends travel to Dagobah with help from those fine folk at Lucasfilm.

"The Proton Transmogrification" airs May 1st and sees the gang celebrate May the Fourth while Sheldon (Jim Parsons) has visions of his childhood mentor, Professor Proton (Bob Newhart), acting as a personal Jedi Master.

"We were approached by the Lucasfilm people to do something to celebrate Star Wars Day, which was nice," co-creator Chuck Lorre told The Hollywood Reporter.

Added showrunner Steve Molaro: "We knew that Bob was coming back and Lucasfilm called us, and we realized that that this might be an opportunity to mix both stories and come up with something special."

Yes, there will be lightsabers.

April 03, 2014

That's no moon. It's a Panavision.



Camera operator Andrew Bikichky has posted photos on Twitter of Panavision's 35mm custom-built cameras for Star Wars: Episode VII!

The "A" and "B" cameras are codenamed "Death Star" and "Millenium Falcon" respectively. Both will be loaded with Kodak film stock 5219, as revealed by cinematographer Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC last summer.

Purportedly Lucasfilm has moved into Pinewood ahead of principal photography in May. Brace yourselves for blacked-out windows and closed set notices.